The USS Vincennes (CG-49) was a Ticonderoga-class Aegis guided missile cruiser in service with the United States Navy from July 1985 to June 2005. Decommissioned in 2005, Vincennes was sold for scrapping to International Shipbreaking in July 2010, and finished scrapping by the end of November 2011.
Vincennes is best known for shooting down an Iranian civilian passenger jetliner, Iran Air Flight 655, over the Persian Gulf on 3 July 1988, killing all 290 civilians on board (including 38 non-Iranians and 66 children), sparking an international incident between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States of America.
On 9 July 2010, a contract to scrap Vincennes was issued to International Shipbreaking, Brownsville, Tx. On 21 November 2010, Vincennes arrived via the Panama Canal to International Shipbreaking in Brownsville, Texas, and was completely scrapped by 23 November 2011.
By kjfitz @ 2013-01-03 21:08:36